The preparation for the Global Conference dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of the WHO/UNICEF Almata-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care discussed in WHO Headquarters

On February 12-15, 2018, with the support of the Permanent Mission, the delegation of Kazakhstan headed by the Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr.Yelzhan Birtanov took part in the Global Seminar of the World Health Organization (WHO) on the preparation of conducting a Global Conference dedicated to the 40th Anniversary of adoption of the WHO/UNICEF Alma-Ata Declaration on Primary Health Care (PHC) in Geneva.

In September 1978 the WHO and UNICEF held a historic international conference on PHC in the capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty. As a result, Conference adopted the Alma-Ata Declaration, which proclaimed the PHC as a key element in achieving the goal of health for all.

Mr.Birtanov noted that the world has changed in the past 40 years, as well as the priorities of the health systems. However, the key role of the primary link of the medical care is still clear. The celebration of this commitment to the Alma-Ata Declaration is welcomed by most partners and WHO member countries.

The assistant of the WHO Director-General, Professor Naoko Yamamoto underlined that the Conference in Kazakhstan should become a significant event which will redirect the Global Health Agenda to PHC.

Experts and heads of international agencies, including the Head of the Division for Strengthening Health Systems of the UN Children's Fund, Mr. David Hipgrave agreed that the 40th Anniversary of the Declaration is not a regular conference, but represents a movement, where PHC is a key priority in the agendas of WHO, UNICEF, as well as the of the member countries in achieving universal coverage of health services.

The cooperation between Kazakhstan and WHO is based on approaches that contribute in strengthening country's capacity in ensuring equal access to quality health care and public health services.

Created at : 15.02.2018, 18:40, Updated at : 15.02.2018, 18:40